Heightened alert in Davao Region

Subscribe Now September 11, 2013 at 09:04am

Security forces in the Davao Region are on heightened alert following the conflict with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City.

Davao Police Regional Director Wency Pascual ordered his sub-directors in the city and provincial police office to intensify random checkpoints and maximize police visibility.

"For the whole Davao Region, I have given directives to the city and provincial directors, to conduct checkpoints, especially all the entry points going dun sa kanilang nasasakupan and to continuously monitor the vital installations," Pascual said.

Pascual said although the authorities have not yet monitored the presence of any terror groups in the region, the police in coordination with the military have placed its security measures to protect the public.

Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commander of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division’s Civil Military Operation Battalion, on the other hand, earlier said in a text message that there is no eminent threat of danger monitored in their area of responsibility.

"Everyone hopes for peace in Davao Region. The local chief executives here in the region are in constant contact with the MNLF leaders in their respective localities," Obligado said.

Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon said the local MNLF leaders in its area are peacefully living a normal way of life concentrating in their livelihood, business, and community activities.

Compostela Valley Governor Arthuro Uy also mentioned that the situation in its province is normal, adding that he’s also in constant contact with the local MNLF leaders in their province.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is also conducting dialogue with the MNLF leaders, including Nur Misuari. The city mayor and Misuari are known as friends.

"I was talking to Nur Misuari as a friend. Narinig naman ninyo something like I was expressing my concern about the ongoing conflict in Zamboanga, may gulo pero di dito," Duterte said.

Misuari assured Duterte on Monday, in a phone conversation, that Davao City will be safe.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office director Ronald dela Rosa, in a separate interview, issued a reminder to the public to stay calm and relax as there is no need to panic on the matter.

"We got assurance from the MNLF leadership that they won’t create any troubles here. Nevertheless, we encourage everybody to be more vigilant against other parties/groups who might exploit the situation," Dela Rosa said.

"If you (people) will notice any suspicious persons or behavior, coordinate with authorities immediately. We need not fear. Rest assured that we would arrest those responsible of sowing fear in the city," Dela Rosa added.

Col. Casiano Monilla, commander of the Task force Davao (TFD), on the other hand, said the TFD will continue monitoring the situation in Davao City and its nearby provinces to maintain peace and order here.

"There's nothing to fear. The security measures are already in place and the city mayor (Duterte) and the society sector continue to engage the MNLF group faction through a dialogue so that peace in Davao will continue," Monilla said in a text message.

As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pascual said the city and provincial police director reported to him “normal situation” in Davao Region.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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